Monroe School Board member Daryll Berry is excited about the new Barbara T. Bonner Music Arts Center set to open in the fall.
The $1.6 million dollar facility will be the home for the choir, piano and orchestral training of Carroll High and Carroll Jr. High students. Bonner was a long-time music educator and a few years ago, the school named the wing behind Carroll’s auditorium Barbara T. Bonner Music Hall. Bonner was a native of Alexandria, Louisiana and was the music teacher and choir director at Carroll High School from 1951-1981.
The wife of Dr. Henry Bonner, she was the music director at First Baptist Church and worked along with Rosaline P. Saunders and Arvella Duncan. Berry looked over the construction on Wednesday and told the Free Press that he hopes that it will attract more students to the arts.
“It will encourage more people to get involved in the arts and bring pride to the school and community that we have a facility of his magnitude available,” Berry said.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held in April and Berry has been a frequent visitor to the construction site on his trips to Carroll. “There is definitely a need in the area for this and I’m glad we did this for the students and the community,” Berry said.